Veterans can suffer significant life changes as a result of military service from mental illness, to loss of limb, to impaired brain functioning. In readapting to civilian life, these kinds of impairments can create significant challenges. Through the Veterans Administration, injured vets are able to obtain disability benefits, but they also may be able to obtain disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.
Vets who suffer particularly serious impairments may be able to even have their Social Security disability claim expedited. The expedited process is available to vets who became disabled during active military service on or after the date of October 1, 2011. In addition, vets who have received a VA compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total disability are able to receive expedited processing of their claim.